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October 6, 2008  3:02 PM

Microsoft Certified IT Professional Credentials

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS, Work background

To some extent, it's fair to look at the MCITP credentials as an answer to the question: "Where do MCTS on the networking/admin side go for the next rung in the MS certification ladder?" This is territory that's still being explored and mapped, because a growing crop of new MCTS certified...

October 1, 2008  9:14 PM

Give Yourself an Annual (Career) Review

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills, Personal development, soft skills, Work background

With the end of 2008 now less than three months off, and 2009 chugging resolutely into view on the horizon, it's time to lift your eyes from the day-to-day near horizon of workaday life, and look a bit further out at the bigger career picture. This means asking questions such as:

  • How...

September 22, 2008  4:14 PM

To CompTIA, or Not?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, Security+, Work background

Many of the questions I get from readers and IT professionals might best be summarized as "If I earn the following cert(s), will it help my career?" More than half the time, in fact, one or more of the specific IT certifications mentioned in the query comes from the Computing Technology Industry...

September 12, 2008  5:49 PM

“Why Certifications Matter…”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills, Work background

In my previous blog, I started digging into a recent article from entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise." Here, I'm going to continue that excavation by exploring and commenting on the section in the story whose...

September 10, 2008  3:40 PM

New IT Salary Survey Available

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCP, Work background

In the latest issue of, you'll find a story entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise." It begins by observing that in times of recession, as goes the economy, so also go salaries--namely, down, down, down. But...

August 27, 2008  2:17 PM

7 Questions for Highly Effective Career or Certification Advice

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, Network+, Work background

When people ask me for career advice, especially as it touches on IT certification, their questions often cut straight to the subject of interest as in "If I earn a A+, Network+, and a CCNA can I get a good job?" Alas, I really can't provide meaningful answers to such questions without a fair...

August 13, 2008  3:00 PM

Why Entry-Level Certs Aren’t Enough to Get You a Job

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CISSP, IT careers, IT certification, MCP, SAP consulting certification, Security+, Work background

Pick a popular entry-level IT certification, I don't care which one: MCP (Microsoft single-exam credential, Microsoft Certified Professional), any major CompTIA cert (A+, Network+, Security+,...), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and so forth. For each of these items, and others I don't...

August 6, 2008  3:38 PM

Degree versus Certification

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Security, Work background

One of the questions I get asked most frequently might best be stated as "Which is better from a career development perspective, a college degree or certification?" Though in some cases, employers may be more inclined to favor a degree over a certification (especially for entry-level positions...

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